Immigration officials detain Karnataka MLA for cheating

      Immigration officials at Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport detained mine lord and Karnataka MLA Santosh Lad on Thursday morning while he was on his way to Dubai. Lad, who represents the Kalaghatgi constituency in Dharwad District, was wanted by the Delhi Police in connection with a cheating case. A real estate company operating in the National Capital Region (NCR) had filed a case of cheating against Lad. A Look Out Circular (LOC) had also been issued in Lad's name. Lad informed immigration officials that he was aware of the case against him in Delhi, and maintained that he was in touch with the investigation officer and trying to arrive at a compromise with the complainant. According sources, the Delhi Police have been informed about Lad's detention and a team is expected to land in Mumbai to take Lad into its custody. Lad's elder brother Anil is a Rajya Sabha member. Lad brothers came to limelight when they played a key role in pulling down the JD(S) -Congress coalition government led by Dharam Singh and installed the JD (S) -BJP Government led by Kumarswamy in Karnataka in 2006.

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